Conservation landscaping includes meadows, tree planting, mulch beds, filter stripes, and riparian buffers.

Areas covered with turf grass typically generate more runoff than other types of vegetation. The number of lawns and other grass areas at land development sites should be minimized. Alternative vegetation, particularly native plants, should be used to revegetate disturbed site areas. Native plants are generally more adapt to local soil and climate conditions, therefore require the least amount of nutrient or labor assistance compared to non-native plants.

Eligible Components

  • Soil testing
  • Site preparation (herbicide, sod removal, harrowing, raking)
  • Installation (broadcast, drill, or planting)
  • Temporary and permanent seed
  • Plants
  • Mulch
  • Soil amendments (compost and lime)
  • Tree shelters
  • Weed barriers
  • Erosion and sediment controls when necessary

Cost Share and/or Tax Credit Rates

  • Applicants, including any entity or member of the same household, will be limited to $50,000.00 in cost share
  • Permit fees are not an eligible component cost for any practice and therefore cannot receive cost-share
  • For specific amounts, contact the district office

Types of Landscaping Eligible

Meadows: A meadow is an open field vegetated by grass and other non-woody plants

Tree Planting: Tree Plantings are upland conversion of the resource concern

Mulched Beds: The use of wood mulch and ground cover to protect and/or restore erosion areas or compacted soil

Filter Strips: A vegetated strip that receives impervious runoff

Riparian Buffer: A vegetated area along a stream or pond that protects the stream bank or shoreline from erosion and filters overland flows


  • Use of native plants can provide a low-maintenance alternative to turf grass, resulting in lower fertilizer and water needs
  • Native ground cover, shrubs, and trees instead of turf grass can create infiltration characteristics similar to those of natural areas
  • These plants can also provide better habitat and create food sources for songbirds, pollinators, and small animals

Contact the District Office to learn more!